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The Best Fantasy Worlds

Updated September 1, 2021 79.8k votes 12.9k voters 229.4k views80 items

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This is a list of the most awesome, spectacular, and entertaining fantasy worlds created. These fantasy worlds are not always just from books, but also from movies and fantasy games, too. This is a ranking of the greatest, most imaginative worlds ever dreamed up. Vote for your favorite mythical worlds, and add fantasy world names that you notice are missing. And certainly, feel free to re-rank this list in any order you want.

Some of the most iconic fantasy worlds ever created are those from books (and many have some pretty fun names as well). We all owe a debt of gratitude to the best fantasy authors for dreaming up these exotic lands. Some fantasy lands, like Middle Earth, Dune, and Narnia, made incredibly successful jumps from fantasy fiction to film. They are absolutely worthy of inclusion among the greatest fantasy movies of all time. Others, like Terra Nova (from FOX's ill-fated TV show of the same name), intrigued, but failed to prove popular enough to stay on the air. Terra Nova, sadly, joins this list of great TV shows canceled before their time.

What fantasy world do you think is the greatest ever? That's certainly subjective. Fans of Star Wars and Star Trek could probably argue back and forth about this for decades. Oh, wait, they have!

Anyway, just vote. It's time to decide, once and for all, which fantasy world is the best ever created.
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  • 1
    4,745
    1,506

    Middle-Earth

    J. R. R. Tolkien's Hobbit and Lord of the Rings series (from 1937)

  • 2

    J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series (from 1997)

  • 3
    2,092
    837
    Jo Swo added

    Asgard

    Norse Mythology (from the 13th century)

  • 4
    2,976
    1,637

    Westeros

    George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire / Game of Thrones (from 1996)

  • 5
    2,732
    1,903

    C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia (from 1950)

  • 6
    2,035
    1,321

    Atlantis

    Plato's Timaeus and Critias (from 360 BC)

  • 7
    1,942
    1,727

    Wonderland

    Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (from 1865)

  • 8
    1,290
    1,149

    Forgotten Realms

    Dungeons & Dragons (from 1967)

  • 9
    880
    514

    King Arthur legends (from the 1170s)

  • 10
    490
    184
    SkylerBallou added

    World of the Witcher

    Andrzej Sapkowski's The Witcher (from 1992)

  • 11
    1,480
    1,114

    Hyrule

    The Legend of Zelda (from 1986)

  • 12
    2,251
    741

    Wakanda

    Marvel Comics (from 1966)

  • 13
    938
    1,004
    JimJenkins added

    Pandora

    James Cameron's Avatar (from 2009)

  • 14
    731
    709
    MatthewGill added

    Fantasia

    Michael Ende's Neverending Story (from 1979)

  • 15
    839
    753

    Jim Henson's Labyrinth (1986)

  • 16
    519
    319

    Nirn

    The Elder Scrolls (since 1994)

  • 17

    (from 1997)

  • 18
    1,514
    1,672

    Oz

    L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (from 1900)

  • 19
    526
    351

    Naboo

    Star Wars universe 

  • 20
    419
    250
    Ashukira added

    Camp Half-Blood

    Rick Riorden Percy Jackson and the Olympians

  • 21
    899
    914
    NoAnimeNoLife added

    Azeroth

    Warcraft series (since 1994)

  • 22
    133
    111
    fandom101 added

    100 Acre Wood

  • 23
    569
    673

    Earthsea

    Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea series (from 1964)

  • 24
    319
    148
    Cindyrelle added

    Bellania

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    120
    97
    fandom101 added

    Jurassic World

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